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(2/24/2012) – The Student Bar Association of Widener University’s School of Law Harrisburg Campus is holding a free showing of the film Hot Coffee next week. For the full details, see below.

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012.5:00pm until 8:00pm.. A180/Administration Building Reception Room

The second annual Student Bar Association (SBA) film series event is taking place on February 29th with the screening of the award-winning HBO documentary, “Hot Coffee,” sponsored by the the local Harrisburg personal injury law firm of Schmidt Kramer PC. The film generally focuses on the implications of tort reform and the misconceptions of the “infamous” McDonald’s hot coffee case.

Following the film, we will be hosting a live chat with the director, attorney Susan Saladoff.

The event will start at 5:15 p.m. with a reception in honor of Scott Cooper, a Widener alumnus and the new President-elect of Pennsylvania Association for Justice. This should prove to be a great networking event as many attorneys from the association, and the Dauphin County bar will be present. FREE FOOD will be available (including scallops in bacon and crabcakes).

The film is set to begin at 6:15 p.m. and the live chat at approximately 8:00 p.m.

A brief synopsis of the film is as follows:

Seinfeld mocked it. Letterman put it on one of his Top Ten lists. More than 15 years later, the McDonald’s coffee case continues to be cited as a prime example of how citizens use “frivolous” lawsuits to take unfair advantage of America’s legal system. But is that an accurate portrayal of the facts? First-time filmmaker & former public interest lawyer Susan Saladoff uses the infamous legal battle that began with a spilled cup of coffee to investigate what’s behind America’s zeal for tort reform. By following four people whose lives were devastated by the attacks on our courts, this thought-provoking documentary challenges the assumptions Americans hold about “jackpot justice.

A brief synopsis of Ms. Saladoff’s resume is as follows:

SUSAN SALADOFF (Producer, Director) spent twenty-five years practicing law in the civil justice system, representing injured victims of individual and corporate negligence. She stopped practicing law in 2009 to make the documentary, HOT COFFEE, her first feature-length film. She began her career as a public interest lawyer with the law firm of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, now known as Public Justice, an organization that, for the last 25 years, has been at the forefront of keeping America’s courthouse doors open to all. Susan was recognized by her peers as an Oregon Super Lawyer for five consecutive years from 2006 to 2010. She is a graduate of Cornell University and George Washington University Law School, and has frequently lectured at the state and national levels on the importance of the civil justice system.

View the trailer at:

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